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Julia Lawrinson was in store with the YA Club on February 3rd 2017. Read the transcript here for a glimpse into the thought and writing process.
Alone in Berlin was Hans Fallada's final novel, written over the course of just 24 days not long before his death in 1947. It is based on the true story of Otto and Elise Hampel, a German couple convicted of producing and distributing anti-nazi material during the war. In the book, Otto and Anna Quangel, a middle aged working class couple who lose their only son to the war, begin to mount their own quiet resistance to the regime. They write anti-nazi messages on postcards and distribute them across the city over a period of 2 years. Every page reeks of pettiness, oppression, courage, fear and despair. This is not a simple story of good versus evil, but a portrayal of the depths and heights reached by ordinary people during WWII.
UWA Oceans Institute, the City of Perth Library & Boffins Books are pleased to present David Marr author of the latest Quarterly Essay #65 “The White Queen”.
Adrian McKinty is my new favourite crime author. This is the 6th book to feature DI Sean Duffy, a catholic policeman in the predominantly protestant RUC during the ‘troubles’ in Northern Ireland. The story is fabulous, the sense of humour deliciously dark, and the evocation of life in that time and that place fascinating.
This is such a fabulous debut novel, I gobbled it all up one weekend. In the aftermath of horrific tragedy the surviving members of a family try to come to terms with what has happened and deal with their grief and guilt. Exquisitely told, Idaho is a reflection on the nature of grief, especially as memory fades. Yes, there is a lot of sadness, but there is also great love and acceptance.
The way that Sarah constructs characters to think and just be amazing is amazing. I love how she fits in characters from past books in this book. Everything just seemed perfectly planned from the beginning.” Sandy Chen, Boffins YA Club Member.
Set in New York, over fifty years before Harry’s story begins, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is J.K. Rowling’s debut on the screenwriting scene. Newt Scamander, an explorer and Magizoologist, has been searching the globe for magical beasts of all kinds, however, when he loses his case full of these magical creatures, an assortment of predicaments emerge.
The City of Perth Library and Boffins Books are proud to present renowned philosopher A. C. Grayling as he speaks about his latest book The Age of Genius: The Seventeenth Century and the Birth of the Modern Mind.
Boffins Books will host Julia Lawrinson as she signs her new book Before You Forget. Have a chat with Julia as you have your book personalised.
From award winning Perth based author Rachael Johns, comes this tale of three women with secrets to keep. Written with her trademark Aussie warmth, humour and turn the page drama this is not to be missed addition to the Johns collection.
The Three Miss Allens tells a tale half in modern day Adelaide, the other half in the past. Set in the coastal town of Remarkable Bay, this is easily a book you can take to the beach, or anywhere else for that matter. It had me laughing, crying and remembering each character vividly. Great book for historical, life-lit or romance readers.
I don’t know where to begin with Words in Deep Blue, other than this was beautiful.